Nashville among worst bed bug infested cities in the U.S.

“Goodnight. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) | Emily Luxen |June 3, 2019 — On a week where thousands of visitors from around the world will come to Nashville for CMA Fest, the city is ranked as one of the worst in the country for bed bugs.

A new survey by pest control company Terminix finds Nashville is the 18th most bed bug infested city in the country. Music City was ranked 21st last year.

Philadelphia was ranked number one in the report, followed by New York City. Memphis was ranked 17th.

Terminix said the rankings were based on the number of services the company has performed in the city in the past year.

“A lot of the problem we have here in Nashville is driven by the fact we are a transient city,” said Chris Bryant, a Service Manager at Terminix. “Summer tourism is starting to peak this time of year.”

To prevent transporting or being bitten by bed bugs, Bryant recommended people check headboards, mattresses, and sheets in hotels or Airbnbs for any signs of bed bugs.

“What you are going to be looking for looks like small black dots, like someone tapped it with a black ball point pen,” said Bryant.

Bed bugs are visible, and when fully grown are about the size of an apple seed.

Bryant also recommended hanging all clothing rather than putting it in drawers, and to keep your luggage away from the bed. When you return home from a trip, wash all your clothes in hot water.

The bugs can bite and leave behind red itchy marks on your skin. Bed bugs do not transport disease.

“Especially if it’s at night and you are in bed and you are being bitten by bed bugs, it will wake you up and cause you to itch,” said Brian Todd with the Metro Health Department.

Todd said any bed bug sighting in a hotel should be reported to management immediately. Problems can also be reported to the Metro Health Department at (615) 340-5630. It is helpful to provide the name of the hotel and the room number. The Department’s Environmental Health Bureau will look into the cases.

Bryant said Terminix hoped the study would increase awareness that bed bug sightings are on the rise, and to educate people on how to prevent transporting them.

“It just takes one to hitch a ride on you, and when you go back home, you’ve taken it with you.”

Experts Warn of Bed Bug Encounters Ahead of Busy Travel Season

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The National Pest Management Association shares tips to avoid contact with hitchhiking pests during Bed Bug Awareness week.

As the busy travel season commences and families finalize their vacation plans for summer, experts at the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) are warning vacationers to remain vigilant during Bed Bug Awareness Week, this June 2-8. An annual observance recognized by Chase’s Calendar of Events, Bed Bug Awareness Week serves as an important reminder that bed bugs can wreak havoc if brought home after traveling, making prevention key to staving off an infestation.

Bed bugs are one of the most common pests, and according to NPMA’s 2018 Bugs Without Borders survey, 97 percent of U.S. pest control professionals surveyed reported they treated for bed bugs in 2018, with 68 percent saying they treated hotels specifically. A recent online research study conducted between January 2018 and May 2019 by Advanced Symbolics Inc. using a representative sample of 274,500 Americans revealed a 9 percent increase in people reporting bed bugs from just April to May, 2019, and a 21 percent increase in concerns regarding bed bugs as a potential health and home threat during that same time period.

“Bed bugs can be found anywhere, whether it be a 5-star hotel or a summer camp,” said Cindy Mannes, vice president of public affairs for NPMA. “These pests do not discriminate, and many people usually transport bed bugs with them back to their homes without even knowing they’re doing so. To prevent these freeloaders from hitchhiking back home with your family, it is important to take proper precautions when traveling this summer.”

To help vacationers avoid bringing home any hitchhiking pests this travel season, the NPMA is sharing the following prevention tips:

  • Thoroughly inspect the entire room before unpacking, including behind the headboard, under lights, and inside dressers, drawers, sofas and chairs.
  • Pull back hotel sheets and inspect the mattress seams, particularly at the corners, for telltale stains or spots. If you see anything suspect, change rooms/establishments immediately.
  • Carry a small flashlight to assist you with visual inspections.
  • Vacuum and properly inspect suitcases after returning from a vacation. Do not bring the suitcase into your home until it has been inspected.
  • If you think you may have brought bed bugs home with you, seek professional pest control assistance to address an infestation, as this is not a do-it-yourself pest.

For more information about how to prevent bed bugs visit PestWorld.org.

British tourist claims he contracted parasite on all-inclusive trip to Mexico

May 24, 2019  by Molly Rose Pike  The Sun

A BRIT holidaymaker vomited blood after contracting a deadly parasite on an all-inclusive TUI break to Mexico.

Chris Gillian was on a special anniversary trip with his wife Marisa when he started to feel dizzy and rushed back to his room where he was violently sick.

 Chris Gillian was struck down with a parasitic infection called cyclospora on an all-inclusive TUI break to Mexico

Chris Gillian was struck down with a parasitic infection called cyclospora on an all-inclusive TUI break to Mexico

 He was on a special anniversary trip with his wife Marisa when he started to feel ill

He was on a special anniversary trip with his wife Marisa when he started to feel ill

The new dad was struck down with a parasitic infection called cyclospora, which he claims TUI failed to warn him about when he booked.

Cyclospora is usually caught from eating food contaminated with feces.

He is one of 400 tourists who all say they were struck down with the parasite over a three-year period.

Chris and Marisa booked two weeks abroad through TUI’s sister company First Choice.

CONTAMINATED WITH POO

In ITV’s Holidays: All-Inclusives Uncovered? Chris claims he started to feel ill a week into the holiday.

Chris said: “We went out for a meal on our first night and had a really nice time. But almost a week in, I’d woken up feeling funny.

“Me and my wife went and sat by the poolside and it started to get progressively worse, I started to get really bad headaches and feel really dizzy so we went back to the hotel room.

“I remember laying on the bed and I just had this sudden urge that I was going to throw up. I barely made it to the sink and just threw up what I can only describe as just blood.”

Chris was rushed to hospital where he was given painkillers and antibiotics to flush out the infection.

He remembers a doctor who couldn’t speak English repeating the word “parasite” while he was treated.

‘VIOLENTLY SICK’

Chris was discharged from the hospital after 24 hours but had to follow a restricted diet and drink no alcohol for the rest of the holiday.

Thankfully the couple’s insurance covered the thousands of pounds in medical fees.

Public Health England issued warnings about cyclospora but it’s claimed that TUI hadn’t told customers ahead of travel.

Instead they were given a letter giving advice based around personal hygiene and food preparation, even if they were on all-inclusive break where they’re unlikely to do any cooking.

But Chris says neither he or his wife were given the letter.

He now says he wants someone to “take responsibility” for his ruined holiday.

What is cyclospora?

Cyclospora is in infection of the bowel caused by a parasite called called Cyclospora cayetanensis.

The most common symptom is diarrhea but sufferers can also experience weight loss, vomiting  and stomach cramps.

Cyclospora doesn’t usually pose a serious risk and can be easily treated using antibiotics.

Most people who caught the infection picked it up while on holiday to the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America, south and east Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

It’s spread by eating food or drinking water contaminated with human poo carrying the parasite.

Chris said: “‘I want someone to take responsibility I want someone to hold their hands up and say yes we knew there was a problem but unfortunately we didn’t fix it that time, it’s as simple as that.

“I didn’t know what was happening to me. I don’t want anyone to go through what I went through.”

Lawyer Nick Harris is part of a firm representing Chris and hundreds of others who became ill after contracting cyclospora.

Mr Harris said: “There was a duty placed on TUI to tell customers before travelling to Mexico, the moment that they knew of an outbreak in the resort, something that was likely to affect people.

“If you imagine people who have for instance poor immune systems travelling to a resort like that and then succumbing to an illness like cyclospora, that’s dangerous.”

Sandals’ management investigates ‘bed bugs’ claim

Observer-Newspaper1May 29, 2019

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Management at the Sandals Grande Antigua resort has confirmed receiving a report that two of its guests were allegedly bitten by bed bugs while staying at the hotel.

When contacted, a representative of the resort said an investigation into the matter is ongoing.

“Here at Sandals Grande Antigua we can confirm that we did receive a report from a couple, one of our guests, regarding insect bites and the matter is currently being investigated as we speak,” General Manager of Sandals Grande Antigua, Matthew Cornall said.

He continued: “As we know here in Antigua, it’s a tropical island and it’s known for its beautiful flora and fauna including a number of native insects which are pretty common throughout the region. Our top priority is the safety and comfort of our guests and we maintain a robust environment of health and safety programs geared at ensuring justice.”

The visiting couple told OBSERVER media that they were “devoured” by the bugs while on island for a friend’s wedding.

“After spending one night in room 612, we both noticed several bites on our bodies…we didn’t put things together, until the third day of suffering we looked closer at the bed. We were disgusted to find several large bugs in our bed. I guess they had grown from feasting us,” the husband said while recounting the entire ordeal.

He said that on the first night of their stay, they noticed bites about their bodies which they assumed at the time could have been due to sand flies or mosquitoes.

It was not until the following morning that couple said they noticed blood and a bug in their bed.

The couple alleged that the management of Sandals then imputed that the blood could have been as a result of the woman’s menstrual cycle and the bugs could have been brought in when they checked in.

That explanation, according the couple, was not only bizarre but offensive.

By the third day the visitors reportedly saw several large bugs in the bed and even though the management saw them, they refused to take responsibility.

“They both denied that they had bed bugs and that they didn’t exist in the Caribbean. After a quick google search we found several reports of bed bugs on the resort and in government buildings and the airport. So, it is not true that bed bugs can’t survive here,” the husband added.

According to them, they informed the management about the problem but it was not treated with any urgency. Further, they said the hotel’s management refused to refund them their monies, and asked that the entire experience be kept a secret.

The couple said they are perturbed by the occurrence and will be speaking to legal authorities on the matter.